Bert Steinmann's answer Arrears go back as far as the Court order states they do. A local attorney can review the order and the facts and give you a more specific answer. (This is not intended to be specific legal advice or create an attorney client relationship, contact a local attorney as soon as possible.)
Grant St Julian III's answer You may file am indigency application with the DPS to eliminate or reduce your surcharges. Your child support obligation depends on the number of children you have , and the number of different people you have to make payments to.
Robert W. Leonard Jr.'s answer If your order says he has a default possession, then he has a default possession. I am sure it is inconvenient, but be where your order says to be on the day you he starts his possession. Otherwise you are in violation of the order.
Robert W. Leonard Jr.'s answer This is an unfortunate but not uncommon situation. Provided the allegations regarding your maternal fitness are untrue, it is unlikely he will be successful. You do, however, need an attorney representing you to protect your interests.
Matthew Valley's answer You should visit with local family law counsel for a full consultation. Generally speaking, unless there are orders stating otherwise, a parent married to the other parent is free to take his/her children to different states without consent from the other parent.
Matthew Valley's answer You don't have to wait for the AG to get around to your case. You can go to court and seek an enforcement order yourself. You could also retain an attorney to help you with the process.
Robert W. Leonard Jr.'s answer Contact a local family law attorney to work with you on the adoption. The attorney will prepare the appropriate documents for the biological father to sign, and prepare the documents needed for the court.
Your spouse will have to submit to a criminal background check and the court will assign a social worker to conduct a study of your living environment.
The process is pretty simple if the father agrees. If he does not agree or changes his mind, it becomes a lawsuit and you...
Matthew Valley's answer One can seek enforcement of a custody order even if one has child support arrearages. It would be wise to talk with local counsel before doing so, as a counterpetition seeking enforcement of the child support portion of the order can be filed against him.
Kiele Linroth Pace's answer A person that lives in the woods under these circumstances is probably not going to be deterred by a court order. This is a serious safety concern for you and your children. Report the threatened kidnapping to law enforcement and consult a local family law attorney to determine what, if anything, can be done. Discuss with the attorney the possibility of moving far away and whether that can be done in a manner that does not threaten your custody rights.
Matthew Valley's answer A parent can sign a voluntary relinquishment of their parental rights, but proper pleadings would need to be filed with the court and a judge would have to approve the termination. Because the presumption is that it is in a child's best interests to have two parents, getting such a termination can be an uphill battle. You should find local counsel to discuss this matter with. The State Bar has a Find a Lawyer function that could prove helpful.
Matthew Valley's answer Neither is a requirement to get child support. If he has not previously been adjudicated the father or properly executed an Acknowledgement of Paternity then a court will have to adjudicate him the father before child support can be ordered. You should be able to contact the Texas Attorney General's office and request their assistance in getting the ball rolling.
Matthew Valley's answer With some exceptions (applicable in some CPS cases), court-ordered termination of parental rights is also termination of parental duties, including the duty to support. That is because the parent is no longer legally a parent of the child anymore once they have their rights terminated.
Matthew Valley's answer Yes, you can. Just because a parent is under 18 themselves does not mean that they don't have to support their children. Furthermore, the fact that you are older than him doesn't remove this responsibility.
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